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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What German composer and a notable piano virtuoso of the Romantic period studied under Julius Benedict, Carl Czerny, and Simon Sechte?
(a) Theodor Döhler.
(b) Louis Moreau Gottschalk.
(c) William Sterndale Bennett.
(d) Antoine de Kontski.

2. Where did Paderewski debut in 1887?
(a) Vienna.
(b) New York.
(c) Paris.
(d) Oslo.

3. What son of a Hungarian official was born in 1811 became a priest in 1865 but had no authority to celebrate mass or hear confession?
(a) Franz Liszt.
(b) Friedrich Chopin.
(c) Sigismond Thalberg.
(d) Adolf von Henselt.

4. Where was Chopin born?
(a) Warsaw, Poland.
(b) Paris, France.
(c) Vienna, Austria.
(d) Krakaw, Poland.

5. What musical instrument consists of one or more sets of pipes sounded by means of compressed air, played by means of one or more keyboards, and capable of producing a wide range of musical effects?
(a) Lute.
(b) Clavichord.
(c) Harpsichord.
(d) Organ.

6. When was Ignacy Jan Paderewski born?
(a) 1872.
(b) 1860.
(c) 1798.
(d) 1900.

7. In what year was Henri Herz born?
(a) 1803.
(b) 1779.
(c) 1911.
(d) 1845.

8. When was Vladimir von Pachmann born?
(a) 1848.
(b) 1865.
(c) 1902.
(d) 1798.

9. Chapter VI, In the Interim describes the last two decades of what century?
(a) 19th.
(b) 17th.
(c) 18th.
(d) 16th.

10. Under whom did Ignacy Jan Paderewski study piano?
(a) Bartolommeo Cristofori.
(b) Eugene d'Albert.
(c) Ludwig van Beethoven.
(d) Theodor Leschetizky.

11. What Austrian child prodigy made his first appearance in public in 1800 playing a Mozart piano concerto?
(a) Carl Czerny.
(b) Ignaz Moscheles.
(c) Johann Nepomuk Hummel.
(d) Adolf von Henselt.

12. What term refers to a group of eight interrelated notes?
(a) Sonata.
(b) Chord.
(c) Scale.
(d) Octave.

13. Who was the first great pianist who made a clear break with classicism to set romantic pianism on its course?
(a) Mozart.
(b) Adolf von Henselt.
(c) Carl Czerny.
(d) Friedrich Chopin.

14. What is a term used to describe various tools invented to help young piano students learn and practice that included a chiroplast, guide-mains, dactylion to suspend fingers on springs, pocket hand exerciser, and technicon among others that promised perfection with less work?
(a) Etude and arpeggio.
(b) Devices and mechanisms.
(c) Legato and stacatto.
(d) Etudes and scales.

15. In what decade did America discourage pupils away from European schools like Paris Conservatoire?
(a) 1850s.
(b) 1860s.
(c) 1920s.
(d) 1840s.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was considered Liszt's equal and a "living impersonation of Chopin"?

2. When was Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber born?

3. What pianist was born en route between Cassel and Berlin and played with most superficial brilliance?

4. In what year was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart born?

5. Who studied under Carl Czerny and began his public career at the age of 11, appearing at the Teatro San Benedetto, Venice, in 1843?

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